Wittenberg had a choice to move forward with a completely new facility or preserve its architectural heritage, which reflects its strong athletics history. It chose the latter as evidenced by the stunning restoration of the University’s 1929 Field House (facade of 1929 Field House, prior to restoration initiative, pictured).
Dated, interior spaces within the 1929 Field House have been renovated to include a strength training and wellness center, a multipurpose recreational room for group fitness classes, and spacious gathering spots in which students can study or relax. The 1929 Field House is now an epicenter of activity with technology-enabled classrooms, modernized court surfaces for volleyball and basketball, and open office spaces.
The building has been restored in a way that accommodates modern use while respecting traditional architecture and the period in which it was built.
"Having the opportunity to teach sport management classes in the newly restored 1929 building provides a special bit of nostalgia. While many think of Wittenberg and our great tradition in athletics, most don't realize the excellent sport, health and fitness educators our University has had in its history."
Sarah Jurewicz '98
Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Honor Class of 2009
Assistant Professor of HFS
Program Director, M.A. in Athletic Coaching
For decades, Wittenberg teams played in front of packed stands in the 1929 Field House, building the foundation for what today is the men's basketball program with the most wins in NCAA Division III history and the women's basketball and women's volleyball programs with the most championships in North Coast Athletic Conference history. In addition, Wittenberg now fields a men's volleyball program that broke through for its first conference championship in 2019 while playing its home games in the 1929 Field House.
The restoration of the 1929 Field House is nothing short of breathtaking, with an up-to-date, modern feel in a facility that respects and honors Tiger tradition. It is a balance that is evident as soon as visitors step inside the facility.
"It was a whole new experience playing in the 1929 newly renovated gym. The environment was electric with the fans and students cheering us on. We won the conference regular season championship in there, and it was a memory I'll never forget."
Troy Boucher '19
Men's Volleyball Student-Athlete